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Gods Own Country

Francis Lee
UK 2017 / 104’
Family Life Jesús

A farmer named Johnny Saxby is a typical example of a provincial tough guy. As a result of a series of unexpected events, however, he gradually starts to show his true colors. The first harbinger of change is his father's unexpected illness. The second, and even more important, is the appearance in the area of a handsome man from Romania. Initially, the relationship between Johnny and Gheorghe is based solely on animal passion, but, in time, it becomes more profound. God's Own Country seems to be rooted equally in Brokeback Mountain and in the work of Gregg Araki. Francis Lee's full-length debut does an exceptional job of combining fragility and madness, melodramatic subtlety and raucous humor. The result of this unique mix is a film that explores the boundaries between nature and culture in a clever way. In doing so, God's Own Country provides a pretext for reflection on our modern understanding of masculinity, but without the influence of stereotypes or intellectual cliches.

Piotr Czerkawski

awards

Sundance FF 2017 – Directing Award, Transilvania IFF 2017 – Special Jury Award

Francis Lee

Francis Lee was born in Soyland in West Yorkshire. Before taking up directing, he enjoyed success as a stage and film actor (appearing, for example, in Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy). His first attempt behind the camera came in 2012, when he made the 18-minute short The Farmer's Wife. An award winner at the Sundance Film Festival, God's Own Country is his feature-length directorial debut.

Filmography

2012 The Farmer’s Wife (short)

2013 Bradford Halifax London (short)

2014 The Last Smallholder (short, doc.)

2017 Piękny kraj / God’s Own Country

Cast & Crew

director Francis Lee
screenplay Francis Lee
cinematography Joshua James Richards
editing Chris Wyatt
music Dustin O'Halloran, Adam Wiltzie
cast Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Gemma Jones
producer Manon Ardisson, Jack Tarling
production Inflammable Films, Magic Bear Productions, Shudder Films
Polish distributor Tongariro
language English
colouration colour